Political Libels


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1 Introduction 2 The Common Law and Political Libels in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Britain 3 American Perspectives on Political Libels in the Early Democratic Era 4 The English Common Law in the Early Years of the Modern Democratic Era 5 Sullivan v. The New York Times 6 The Sullivan Principle in 'English' Law 7 English Law - the First Phase of Reform 8 Sullivan v. The New York Times in Australia 9 English Law - the Second Phase of Reform? 10 Conclusion

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Ian Loveland is a Professor at City University, London.


This is a valuable and interesting monograph on an aspect of defamation law which is of great topical interest. Geoffrey Bindman New Law Journal Not only lawyers and journalists but politicians would also find Loveland's thorough analysis of the law, derived from cases of political libel, instructive. A. G. Noorani Economic and Political Weekly December 2005 ...stimulating and engaging narrative. His tour and commentary is consistently interesting...It deserves attention. Patrick Milmo QC International and Comparative Law Quarterly October 2001 As one would expect, Political Libels is a well structured work. The argument is clearly and logically developed in easily comprehensible stages. The comparative analysis is skilfully interwoven within the fabric of the book, and the mode of expression is clear and sharp. Overall, Professor Ian Loveland has advanced an intensely readable and erudite case for reform of the English law of political libels. His book makes a valuable and stimulating contribution to scholarship in this area, and is well deserving of a place on the bookshelves of all defamation aficionados. Michael Gillooly Media and Arts Law Review March 2001 Political Libels fills a large gap in the libel literature that for too long has been predominantly descriptive the book remains a welcomed contribution to our understanding of a controversial topic of English law. Sharon Lockyer, Loughborough University Political Studies July 2001 Professor Ian Loveland is well known for his extensive writing on the use of the law of defamation by public figures to protect their reputations...interesting book...thought-provoking David Feldman Public Law June 2002 Ian Loveland has produced a significant comparative analysis of defamation doctrine... Andrew T. Kenyon Melbourne University Law Review February 2001

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